I have always had an interest in wildlife more so with birds and birding, as you may have gathered, with a little knowledge of other things. Over the last couple of years and especially this year, 2010, I have found myself having more than a passing interest in butterflies, now whether this is down to the photography side or the splendor of the colours on some of the butterflies I don’t know but I plan to share these new travels on this separate page to give it the space it deserves and I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do. 58 Species in Great Britain…. Here’s a List of Butterflies of Great Britain


Identify a Butterfly

British Butterfly Conservation             


Butterfly Pics                                         

Alan Thornbury’s Hampshire Butterflies

Obsession with Butterflies


Yorkshire Butterflies

Dorset Butterflies


Huddersfield Sites

Work – [SE189142],  Small Wood along with surrounding fields has been a good source of getting to grips with the common species of butterfly. This site has yielded 16 species to date (Aug 2010)

Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Speckled Wood, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Small Copper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Orange Tip

Carlecotes Ponds – In the Langsett Area of the HBW good for the not so ordinary butterfly at SE178 034 , Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak being a couple

Shelly Whins – At Shelly on Far Bank Road near the Infants School at SE202 111 [http://www.shelleytimes.org.uk/sca_191.htm] one of the best places in Huddersfield for Butterflies with over 20 species recorded including Purple Hairstreak

Thurstonland Bank – At SE159101, Sloping grass banks, good for Common Blue, Small heath, Commas, Speckled Wood, Purple Hairstreak and with Dark Green Fritilary recorded in 2011

Thunderbridge Meadows – You can find a Large Car Park at SE188 115  [53.600298 / -1.716098] entrance to the Meadows is at SE187 114 (53.599217 / -1.717737).  One of the better places in Huddersfield to find White letter Hairstreaks along with the commner species.

Yorkshire Sites [Grid References given by YWT]

Ashberry Nature Reserve [Link at YWT] SE569846 (Nearest Post Code YO62 5LE) or (54.254366/-1.127369)

Bishop Monkton Railway Cutting [Link at YWT] SE314663 (Nearest Post Code HG3 3QD) or (54.092099/-1.520654)

Bolton Percy Station [Link at YWT] SE527416 (Nearest Post Code YO23 7AP) or (53.868388/-1.199293)

Brockadale Nature Reserve [Link at YWT] SE513174 (Nearest Post Code WF8 3JS) or (53.651038/-1.224597)

Ellerburn Bank  [Link at YWT] SE 853860 (Nearest Post Code YO18 7LU) or (54.263003/-0.691162)

Fen Bog [Link at YWT] SE857982  (Nearest Post Code YO18 7NT) or (54.372551/-0.681523) also PDF from discoverbutterflies

Malty Low Common  [Link at YWT] SK 543914 (Nearest Post Code S66 7PZ) or (53.417063/-1.183720)

Further Afield Sites

Narborough Railway Line  in NORFOLK (can be found at TF750118) or at (N52.676074 / 0.587771) or at (PE32 1SR)

Collard Hill Large Blue > National Trust Large Blue Site Information

Fermyn Woods in Rutland [NN14 3HS] > Great for Butterflies and Dragonflies, best site for Purple Emperor and White Admiral also plenty of common species. Holly Blue, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and lets not forget Black Hairstreak, Dinky Skipper and Grizzled Skipper so plenty to see

Arnside Knot in Cumbria > At SD449773 [54.189235/-2.844579] or nearest post code LA5 0BP.  Owned by the National Trust, a great reserve for Butterflies especially the Scotch Argus, Dark Green Fritilary, Grayling, Arnside Knott PDF Wildlife Walk Info, Arnside Knott PDF Butterfly Walk Info

Gait Burrows  in Cumbria > At SD478776 [54.191645/-2.800934] or (LA7 7LF – nearest post code)  Park in road side car park, I believe you need a permit to park in the reserve, owned by Natural England, the reserve to find the Duke of Burgundy, High brown and Pearl-bordered Fritillary along with 800 species of moth

Warton Crags in Cumbria > At SD491723 [54.144709/-2.780249] or nearest Post Code LA5 9NE, great reserve for Fritillary species like Small Pearl-bordered, Pearl-bordered and High Brown along with Dinky Skipper, Green Hairsteak and the common species Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Common and Holly Blues. Warton Crag PDF Info Sheets


My Butterfly List (Yep another List)

My Flickr Butterflies UK Photos Collection > Click This >

  1. Adonis Blue >
  2. Black Hairstreak > My Black Hairstreak Photo Gallery
  3. Brimstone  > My Brimstone Photo Gallery
  4. Brown Argus > My Brown Argus Photos
  5. Chalkhill Blue > My Chalkhill Blue Photos
  6. Clouded Yellow >
  7. Comma  > My Comma Photo Galley
  8. Common Blue  > My Common Blue Photo Gallery
  9. Dark Green Fritillary > My Dark Green Fritillary Photo Gallery
  10. Dingy Skipper > My Dingy Skipper Photo Gallery
  11. Duke of Burgundy > My Duke of Burgundy Photo Gallery
  12. Essex Skipper My Essex Skipper Photo Gallery
  13. Gatekeeper > My Gatekeeper Photo Gallery
  14. Grayling > My Grayling Photo Gallery
  15. Green HairstreakMy Green Hairstreak Photo Gallery
  16. Green Veined White  > My G. V. White Photo Gallery
  17. Grizzled Skipper > My Grizzled Skipper Photo Gallery
  18. High Brown FritillaryMy High Brown Fritillary Photo Gallery
  19. Holly Blue> My Holly Blue Photo Gallery
  20. Large Blue > My Large Blue Photo Gallery
  21. Large Heath >
  22. Large Skipper > My Large Skipper Photo Gallery
  23. Large White > My Large White Photo Gallery
  24. Lulworth Skipper > My Lulworth Skipper Photo Gallery
  25. Marbled White > My Marbled White Photo Gallery
  26. Marsh Fritillary > My Marsh Fritillary Photo Gallery
  27. Meadow Brown  > My Meadow Brown Photo Gallery
  28. Northern Brown Argus >  My Northern Brown Argus Photo Gallery
  29. Orange Tip > My Orange Tip Gallery
  30. Painted Lady  > My Painted Lady Photo Gallery
  31. Peacock  > My Peacock Photo Gallery
  32. Pearl Bordered Fritillary > Pearl bordered Fritillary Photo Gallery
  33. Purple Emperor > My Purple Emperor Photo Gallery
  34. Purple Hairstreak > My Purple Hairstreak Photo Gallery
  35. Red Admiral  > My Red Admiral Photo Gallery
  36. Ringlet  > My Ringlet Photo Gallery
  37. Small Blue > My Small Blue Photo Gallery
  38. Scotch Argos > My Scotch Argus Photo Gallery
  39. Silver Spotted Skipper My Silver spotted Skipper Photo Gallery
  40. Silver Studded Blue > My SS BLue Photo Gallery
  41. Silver Washed Fritillary My Silver washed Fritillary Photos
  42. Small Copper  > My Small Copper Photo Gallery
  43. Small Heath  > My Small Heath Photo Gallery
  44. Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary > My Small Pearl bordered Fritillary Photo Gallery
  45. Small Skipper  > My Small Skipper Photo Gallery
  46. Small White > My Small White Photo Gallery
  47. Speckled Wood  > My Speckled Wood Photo Gallery
  48. Small Tortoiseshell  > My Small Tortoiseshell Photo Gallery
  49. Swallowtail > My Swallowtail Photo Gallery
  50. Wall Brown> My Wall Brown Photo Gallery
  51. White Admiral > My White Admiral Photo Gallery
  52. White Letter Hairstreak > My White letter Hairstreak Photo Gallery
  53. Wood White > My Wood White Photo Gallery


See the List Tab for future Butterfly Year Lists


2013 Year List (Bold Lifers)

Brimstone, Comma, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Duke of Burgundy, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Orange-tip, Peacock, Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, White Admiral (23)


2012 Year List (Bold Lifers)

Brimstone, Comma, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Large White, Meadow Brown, Orange-Tip, Peacock, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Small White, Speckled Wood (20)

MOTHS > Brown Silver Line, Cinnabar Moth, Clouded Buff, Shaded Broad Bar, Silver Y, Small China Mark, Narrow Bordered 5 Spotted Burnet, 6 Spotted Burnet, Speckled Yellow


2011 Year List

Brimstone, Comma, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Dingy Skipper, Gatekeeper, Grayling, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Orange-Tip,  Peacock, Purple Emperor,  Red Admiral, Ringlet, Scotch Argus, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown,White Admiral (27)

MOTHS > 5 Spot Burnet, 6 Spot Burnet, Brown Silver Line, Cinnabar Moth, Common Carpet Moth, Hummingbird Hawk Moth, Latticed Heath, Lime Hawk Moth, Mother Shipton, Orange Underwing, Speckled Yellow, Swallow Tailed Moth, White Ermine, Yellow Shell


 2010 Year List

Brimstone, Comma, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Green Veined White, Large Skipper, Large White, Meadow Brown, Orange Tip, Peacock, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Small White, Speckled Wood, Tortoiseshell, Wall Brown (18)


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